billionaire jeff bezos to fly to space in july



by Helvine Achieng June 9, 2021

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is set to fly to space with his brother on the first human flight launched by his space company, Blue Origin. In an Instagram post, Mr Bezos said space flight was something he had wanted to do "all my life".

"On July 20, I will take that journey with my brother," he wrote in the Instagram post. "The greatest adventure, with my best friend." Mr Bezos's brother Mark called it a "remarkable opportunity" in the video.

According to the BBC, Blue Origin is also auctioning off a seat in the capsule for someone who will join the pair on the inaugural crewed flight.

The first crewed flight comes just two weeks after Mr Bezos plans to step down as CEO of Amazon. Venturing into service as executive chairman of the e-commerce giant he founded 30 years ago in his garage, allowing him "time and energy" to focus on other ventures.

Jeff Bezos is one of the world's wealthiest people. He has a net worth of $186.2bn, according to Forbes magazine.